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{UAH} Iligan placed under temporary lockdown

Iligan City in southern Mindanao, Philippines, has been my home since i left Uganda in 1986.IT IS IN FACT THE ONLY REAL HOME THAT I KNOW. It is a majority Christian city of about 250,000 people. It is about 30 miles away from Marawi City, which is currently under attack by Islamic terrorists. Marawi City has a population of 200,000, a majority Muslim, with Christians numbering about 50,000 or 25%. Most of the Christians have fled Marawi City since Muslim fiends occupied it a week ago and began a murderous campaign, killing anyone who can not recite the Koran. 

On 18 December 2008, Muslim terrorists from this same group detonated bombs in shopping malls in Iligan City, killing 21 people and seriously injuring hundreds more. My own daughter was caught up in the inferno that engulfed the mall after it caught fire; to save her life she jumped down from the third floor, sustaining serious injuries.

Last Sunday, these muslim terrorists, who are a splinter from the ISIS terrorist franchise called Abbu Sayyaff (Bearer's of The Sword), sent this chilling message to the people of Iligan: 

"Nsaallah [God willing] we will come to Iligan this week. Alhamdulillah. Then Cotabato and CDO [Cagayan de Oro City] to Davao," Otto posted on his Facebook account on Sunday afternoon".

Because of this threat, the authorities have decided to put the whole city on lock-down. These Muslim fiends are not to be joked with, because they have a record of carrying out their murderous threats.  So the City is on curfew and martial law is in force.

But the biggest problem facing Iligan now is the influx of refugees from Marawi as almost the entire Christian population of Marawi has fled or is on the run for fear of their lives, and all are heading for Iligan City.  I was an elected  barangay captain (village chief) for my coastal village for two years, but I am back again on the village committee trying to help the villagers cope with this sudden influx of refugees. I am mainly trying to raise money, but I will not bother this forum since it does not have a proud record of responding to humanitarian causes- (actually its record is embarrassing and shameful- to put it mildly)


Iligan placed under temporary lockdown

ILIGAN city was placed under a temporary lockdown amid fears that members of the Maute Group may enter the city disguised as civilians.

The lockdown took effect from 12 midnight to 3 a.m. on Monday.

TIGHT SCREENING A police officer checks the identity of a resident against a chart with images of "local terrorists" at a checkpoint in Iligan City. AFP PHOTO

It was implemented after Otto, one of the Maute brothers, warned that the group will also attack other cities.

"Nsaallah [God willing] we will come to Iligan this week. Alhamdulillah. Then Cotabato and CDO [Cagayan de Oro City] to Davao," Otto posted on his Facebook account on Sunday afternoon.

Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia said officials wanted to avoid clashes inside the city, Capital of Lanao del Norte province, amid the crisis in nearby Marawi City.

City officials also implemented a curfew as government forces battled militants in Marawi. It was expanded on Monday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Col. Alex Alduca, Commanding Officer of the Philippine Army's 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, said that some members of the Maute Group are pretending to be civilians to escape Marawi City.

"We have reports that some of their comrades, these armed groups, are mixing in with the civilian evacuees especially those [Maute members] who were severely wounded," Aduca said in a radio interview.

He added that some Maute militants captured in a checkpoint were turned over to the police for investigation.
"We coordinated with other security forces to put Iligan City under lockdown for the meantime," Aduca said.

"This means that anyone entering Iligan City, if they are not a local resident of Iligan, they were being ordered to return to their respective hometowns," he added.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, clarified that the lockdown meant "strict implementation of security measures for those coming in and out [of Iligan]to prevent entry of armed and evil elements."



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